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Poster: billbarstad Date: Oct 10, 2011 5:46pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Question about 'The Doll Squad' (1973)

For a notice to be valid it needs three things: (1) the word "copyright" and/or its symbol "©"; (2) a year in Roman (MCMLXXIII) or Arabic (1973) numerals; and (3) a name, usually the name of a production company.

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Poster: mandrakes Date: Oct 10, 2011 7:28pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Question about 'The Doll Squad' (1973)

Okay so in this case, the film is labeled with a copyright 1973 label in the opening credits but also has that listing with LOC for a copyright in the eighties.

So is this a matter of there being two versions of the film - one with the copyright 1973 and another later one with a 1983 copyright? I'm still confused. It seems to me like the 1985 copyright can't apply to the copyright 1973 version? Or can it?

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Oct 10, 2011 7:57pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Question about 'The Doll Squad' (1973)

The notice information you posted doesn't meet the requirements for validity. The copyright holder is maintaining that the movie wasn't published until 1985. If you can prove that it was distributed earlier, then the newer copyright isn't valid, and the movie would be PD since it would have been published without proper notice.

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Oct 10, 2011 8:17pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Question about 'The Doll Squad' (1973)

There's no mention of added material in the copyright registration, so it applies to the original movie. There is no copyright for 1973 since the notice isn't valid.